Heroku adds $10 million to the fold
Heroku, a Ruby on Rails-based Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider, has secured $10 million in Series B funding, increasing the company's venture capital raised to date to $15 million. The funding is an important endorsement of Ruby as a language for building cloud apps, which may prove beneficial as bigger competitors like Microsoft Azure and Google App Engine throw their weight behind this market.
Heroku claims over 60,000 applications are running on its platform today. "Getting real developer mindshare is crucial; it's important to show that it's been around for a while and is a center of gravity for cloud application development," said Heroku CEO Byron Sebastian.
John Connors, general partner with Ignition and former CFO/CIO of Microsoft, has joined the company's board of directors. The funding, led by Ignition and with participation by existing investors Redpoint Ventures, Baseline Ventures, and Harrison Metal Capital, will be used to build out the company's channel and system integrator partners as well as grow the capabilities of the platform.
Verizon to launch Security as a Service by 2011
Starting in June, telecom giant Verizon will begin rolling out Web-based security services to customers that take over some of the functions normally delivered inside the firewall. It's an ambitious scheme and will not be fully operational until at least 2011. The first part, starting in June, is email and Web scanning of email flow for spam and viruses, and detecting suspicious Web traffic. That will be free. Verizon wouldn't disclose what technology will power its antispam service, but there's plenty to choose from.
Part two of the service comes in the fall, according to Verizon. The second phase will include networking tools like firewall management and intrusion detection (logging). Verizon will basically present your public IP addresses in a Web portal that will look something like the Web-based GUIs many firewalls and routers now offer, and phase three (starting some time in 2011) will include network management and DDoS protection services.
Details are very light, but Verizon is working with "technology partners" (buying in services from other vendors) that it will apply to users network connections. No word on whether this is only applicable to public Ethernet customers or whether backhaul links and other types of upstream connections will be covered.
Cloud Sherpas launches premium tools Google Apps
Cloud Sherpas has released a premium version of its migration tools for Google Apps that aims to keep more Apps users on CloudSherpas' platform by extending some of Google's management tools. Having made a good run at the Google Apps buck by providing integration between Gmail and on-premise email systems that would otherwise be migraine inducing, CloudSherpas thinks users will probably pay for more. The new tools include user ID management, account data protection and help desk features.